Gasly eyes “large” midfield step for AlphaTauri F1 crew in 2021
Pierre Gasly hopes AlphaTauri could make a “large” step to maneuver up the congested and ultra-competitive midfield order through the 2021 Formulation 1 season.
The Frenchman performed an important position in serving to AlphaTauri declare seventh place within the 2020 constructors’ championship by delivering an excellent marketing campaign that was capped off with a sensational maiden F1 victory on the Italian Grand Prix.
Gasly scored 75 factors and took tenth place within the drivers’ standings as AlphaTauri loved its greatest season in F1, passing the 100-point mark for the primary time in its historical past. The Faenza squad ended the 12 months simply 24 factors behind Ferrari and was 74 factors adrift of fifth-placed Renault.
Whereas Gasly was delighted with the season, he believes extra progress is feasible for 2021 and has his sights firmly mounted on AlphaTauri transferring additional up the midfield order.
“It has been a really profitable 12 months for us,” Gasly mentioned. “Clearly, reaching I feel essentially the most factors this crew ever scored of their all F1 historical past, so it is nice to be a part of this.
“On the similar time, , we’ve over 100 factors and we solely seventh within the crew championship, which up to now would have I feel, some years given us like a fifth place or possibly even fourth.
“It simply reveals how tight it’s within the midfield, and we’ve many groups from third within the crew championship up till seventh, that are combating all of the weekends for a really robust place. It’s simply so small.
“So, I hope we are able to make step large enough subsequent 12 months to actually make a step in that midfield, and be a bit extra within the combine on prime of it, and I feel that would be the goal.”
Gasly may have a brand new teammate for 2021 within the form of Honda and Pink Bull protege Yuki Tsunoda, who has changed Daniil Kvyat at AlphaTauri following a stellar rookie Formulation 2 season by which he clinched a top-three end within the championship.
Requested if he expects his position throughout the crew to vary having an F1 rookie alongside him, Gasly replied: “Not a lot. I do know what I’ve received to do. , it’s clear.
“I feel does not actually matter who’s alongside me by way of my very own and private efficiency, I must ship the perfect of myself and the perfect for the crew with the automobile I’m given.
“I feel this 12 months has been nice with Dany,” he added. “Over the past 18 months the way in which we have labored collectively, the way in which we’ve pushed one another collectively, the way in which that… He’s received quite a lot of expertise in Formulation 1 – so I feel we have managed to push the crew ahead in that side, based mostly on his expertise and based mostly additionally on mine.
“I really feel that on my aspect, , I put quite a lot of expectations on myself. And I wish to ship at my greatest stage on a regular basis. This would possibly not change for 2021.”